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What's the approimate weight of a steel fork?(13 posts)

What's the approimate weight of a steel fork?grande
Nov 13, 2003 6:58 AM
I own an Ibis Somoma. Anyone guess the approx wt of a steel fork. I'm just wondering about the weight saving if i were to go to a carbon fork. Not sure to the steerer length- but pretty average.
550-800 grams nmDougSloan
Nov 13, 2003 7:15 AM
referenceDougSloan
Nov 13, 2003 7:16 AM
http://materials.open.ac.uk/bikeframes/bikeframe.html
700-800 gramsMR_GRUMPY
Nov 13, 2003 7:22 AM
Carbon fork w/ steel stearer....about 600 g
Carbon fork w/ Alum. stearer....about 500 g
Carbon fork w/ Carbon stearer...about 400 g (Very light )
Super light Carbon fork.........about 300 g (Scary light)
add another ~100g for quilt stemcyclopathic
Nov 13, 2003 7:47 AM
depending on components you save ~1lbs /from 1/2lb to 1.5/
more like 220-300+ grams for a quill stem nmrufus
Nov 13, 2003 3:13 PM
oops, i misread.rufus
Nov 13, 2003 3:15 PM
you mentioned 100 grams, as in threadless being ~100g less than quill. i posted total quill stem weight.
is that an African steel fork or a European steel fork?bill
Nov 13, 2003 8:23 AM
w/apologies to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
actually Holy Grailcyclopathic
Nov 11, 2003 9:54 PM
it's a killer rabbit, look at the bones!
re: What's the approimate weight of a steel fork?Mike Prince
Nov 13, 2003 8:23 AM
From the Steelman web site:

"custom steel fork weight 1.3 pounds. Ouzo Pro fork weight 13~15 ounces"

So...590-600 gr for steel, 370-380 gr for a 'sturdy' all carbon fork. As someone else says here, you can get super (sick) light now.
my steelman fork...ChazWicked
Nov 13, 2003 2:41 PM
...is attached to my steelman frame and it's a beautiful thing. I'm not sure how much vibration damping I can attribute to the fork but the overall ride is nice and plush and I can bomb down hills aggressively and it just feels balanced and confidence inspiring. Call me an old curmudgeon (sp?) but I wouldn't want carbon up there unless I lived in Kansas.
-Chaz
Yup...Mike Prince
Nov 14, 2003 6:00 AM
I went with steel up front on my SR as well and have never thought once about an "upgrade" to carbon. I even have the steel stem and my bike fully built in 60 cm is right around 19 lbs.

Agree with everything you said. Wouldn't trade my Steelman for anythng.

MP
re: What's the approimate weight of a steel fork?gtx
Nov 13, 2003 2:23 PM
The steel forks supplied by Ibis with those frames weren't made in house--they were made in Taiwan fairly cheaply, and I don't think they were super light. If you went with a Steelman or IF fork I think you'd save some weight. How much, I don't know. Personally I like a good solid steel fork, and would never trust a carbon steerer.